While most of the country is currently ailing from a case of cabin fever from the cold and wet weather, us knitters are enjoying the weather-imposed “couch days” where the only thing on the agenda is to knit…and occasionally hit, “yes, I’m still watching” on Netflix. We’re making our way through WIPs, caking new skeins, and casting on new projects. There really is so much to love about the month February!
This month we invited you to fall in love with Mountain Colors, a Montana-based fiber house that combines color and fiber in a most spectacular way. With a catalog of 11 yarn bases – ranging from multi-plied to feathered to go-to wool blends – and an ever growing palette of rich, bold colors, there’s a fiber for every project. They even have spinning fiber for those true DIY-ers!
BigStitch + BigStitch Lite
February’s BigStitch and BigStitch Lite subscription featured the project On The Other Hand, a pair of slouchy, fingerless mitts from one our design crushes, Bonnie Sennott. A forearm length mitt with geometric lace detailing at both the cuff and fingers, we paired this project with a posh, but tough yarn. A yarn that is beautiful to wear, yet strong enough to be worn by our hardworking hands. We chose Mountain Colors’ fingering weight Bearfoot yarn (a 60% Superwash Wool, 25% Mohair, and 15% Nylon blend) that combines silky softness with resilient stitch structure. The mohair’s loftiness is balanced by the nylon’s sturdiness, making this yarn the perfect pick.
Picking the yarn was easy, choosing the colorways, on the other hand (see what we did there), were a far more difficult task. We chose an array of rich, bold colors, including these three stunning jewel tones. From left to right, meet Harmony Brook, Harmony Iris, and Harmony Plum.
The mitts call for two needle sizes to get the job done, so we sent BigStitch subscribers two sets of 6″ stainless steel double points from ChiaoGoo. The perfectly pointy tips made the lace detail of the mitts especially fun to knit, while the just-slippery-enough stainless steel made the stockinette stitches just fly off the needles. Figuratively, not literally.
And because we couldn’t let a holiday pass us by without some festive flair, we included a set of 6 addiLove Heart Stitch Markers to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. These sweet markers have a cool design that allows them to be both a closed and removable stitch marker. BigStitch subscribers got an extra “sweet” in their box this month: our ever so popular Macaroon Stitch Marker Case.
February SockStitch subscribers received a skein of Color Mountain’s Twizzlefoot, a fingering weight wool blend (superwash merino, wool, and nylong) that is plied with a strand of silk for eye-popping, feet-loving results. Of all the cool colorways available, we choose to send subscribers either a skein of Perriwinkle or Harmony Currant.
To compliment the colorways’ variegation, we chose the pattern Converging Flow Socks from designer Katherine Vaughan. This calf-high sock is knit from the top down and employs short rows at both the heel and the toe for a fit that is comfy and precise.
SockStitch subscribers also received a set of addiLove Heart Stitch Markers, because, well, Valentine’s Day.
We hope that this month is full of lots and lots of love!
For those of you already looking forward to March’s subscription, note that the needles needed for our BigStitch and BigStitch Lite (same project in both) project is knit in the round with a size US 6. If you need to make any changes, make sure you manage your account before February 27. March 2017 subscriptions ship March 1.